Diabetes event April 11

March 13, 2012

The Mercy Nutrition and Diabetes Wellness Center is hosting a free Diabetes Education Series from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Tucker Room at Mercy Hospital Washington. The event will feature two guest speakers with expert knowledge on issues facing people living with diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. It is estimated that that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, including an estimated 7 million who remain undiagnosed. At the same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes do not achieve the recommended blood-sugar control targets set by the American Diabetes Association. When blood-glucose levels are not maintained, complications can arise such as eye, foot, skin, and kidney problems that can be serious and even life threatening.

Carlene Miller, a nurse at the Mercy Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center and a wound care specialist, is a featured presenter. People with uncontrolled diabetes often have circulation problems and are slower to heal from wounds. They also are prone to infections. Miller will discuss the extra care people with diabetes need to take with their wounds as well as the prevention and treatment of wounds.

Jim Murphy will discuss diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and his personal experience living with diabetes. Murphy is a member of the A1C Champions Program, which is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. A1C Champions know first-hand the challenges and obstacles to maintaining control of their diabetes. Jim will cover topics including:

  • Achieving good glucose control
  • Learning about effective self-management
  • Developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle
  • Planning and prioritizing diabetes management
  • Overcoming fears surrounding diabetes
  • Finding resources for diabetes support

Diabetes is a growing health concern among Americans. Common symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should see a doctor to discuss whether a diabetes test is right for you.  

The Diabetes Education Series meets at Mercy Hospital Washington to learn about all aspects of diabetes to motivate, empower and inspire people with diabetes to lead healthier lives. The Tucker Room is located on the second floor at Mercy Hospital, 901 E. Fifth St. in Washington. For more information about this event or programs available at the Mercy Nutrition and Diabetes Wellness Center, call 636 239-8248. 

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

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